James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Gwladys Mary Jones Gwladys Mary Jones was born in Parkgate, Wirral, on 3 June 1921. Her mother died less than three weeks after her birth and "Auntie Jinny" (pictured with Gwladys), came to look after the children. Gwladys and her older brother, Gil, subsequently went to live with their father’s unmarried sisters at Brynrefail, Llanfair Caereinion, but though her brother returned to live with their father, Gwladys did not. She was adopted by John Llywarch Jones and his wife, Mary Ann (known as Annie), who ran a dairy farm in Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire. Gwladys's niece had told me that Mary Ann was a sister of Gwladys's father and this, together with her mention of Brynrefail, appears to confirm the family history shown previously, which also includes the above mentioned "Auntie Jinny".

John and Mary had married in 1919 just after the Great War in which John had served and had been badly affected by gas. The 1939 Register shows that Gwladys was with them at Fronhaul (this is how it is written but I have been told that it was 'Bronhaul' and that they were there until 1948) and it clearly indicates that by then Gwladys was officially adopted. In the Register Gwladys was a children's nurse and I am told that she worked in this capacity in Heswall on the Wirral until her marriage.

Gwladys married [Llanfyllin 1945, 1st qt] Robert Bruce Owen (known as Bob) [b Newtown 1913, 1st qt] and then moved to Newtown, Montgomeryshire, where she worked for Kays Catalogue. He was the son of Robert Llewellyn Owen and Lilian Owen Bell. Gwladys and Bob then moved to Melinyddol where her adoptive parents were living. When Bob began working as a delivery driver for a local bakery, he became known as Bob the Cob! Following the deaths of Gladys's parents they moved to Hafan Deg, a sheltered housing development in Llanfair where Gwladys was the warden. She was also child minder to one of the local teachers. In retirement they moved from the Warden’s House to become residents. Bob died in 1995 and Gwladys lived to be eighty-three [d Welshpool and Llanfylin, Sep 2004].